Dentures – Replace Your Missing Teeth
Dentures are artificial replacement of your natural teeth and gums. Dentures are considered removable prosthesis. There are two types: partial and complete. Partial dentures are made up of one or more artificial teeth held in place by clasps that fit onto nearby natural teeth. You can take the partial denture out yourself for cleaning at night. Complete dentures are most often referred to as “false teeth”. They are used when all natural teeth are missing. Complete dentures are also removable as they are held in place by suction.
Taking care of your dentures is vital to your overall oral health. Here are some tips on how to keep them in good condition:
- Clean dentures over a water-filled sink to prevent damage if they are dropped
- Place a small amount of liquid hand soap on the denture brush and brush all surfaces, including the clasps on a partial denture
- Rinse well with water
- Store dry in a labelled denture cup
- To re-insert dentures, wet first with water to prevent discomfort